Kambala protests intensify in Karnataka

On Friday, residents of coastal Karnataka joined hands with the Dakshina Kannada-Udupi Kambala Samithi to form a human chain in Mangaluru in protest against the ban on kambala

Kambala protests intensify in Karnataka

Organisers of 'kambala' (buffalo race) in Karnataka have decided to hold the traditional sport in Mangaluru on Saturday in violation of court orders restraining the same.

On Friday, residents of coastal Karnataka joined hands with the Dakshina Kannada-Udupi Kambala Samithi to form a human chain in Mangaluru in protest against the ban on kambala, The Hindu reported.

Various leaders who spoke on the occasion made a clear attempt to distinguish between Kambala and Jallikattu, stating that not a single death, either of animal or human being, had occurred during the conduct of Kambala. Kambala does not involve violence and animal rights activists should have understood this before moving the court, Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar said.


Hundreds of people cutting across political parties, caste and religion gathered in large numbers on the main roads of the city to form the human chain. Responding to the call by the All-College Students Union, students left their schools and colleges to participate in the protest. Holding placards in support of kambala, they chanted “We want kambala”.

The students also raised slogans against PETA, which has failed to understand the difference between jallikattu and kambala.